A source close to the Holiday Bowl tells me they plan on taking the winner of the USC-Arizona game, providing Oregon beats Oregon State tomorrow. If Oregon State wins, Oregon goes to the Holiday Bowl. If Oregon wins and Cal beats Washington, there will be a four-way tie for second place. The Holiday Bowl gets to choose between the four teams, and the source says in that scenario they will take the USC-Arizona winner. The winner of that game will be one of the four teams tied for second.
A win over Washington will also put Cal as one of the four teams tied for second, but this news means the Bears won’t be considered for the Holiday Bowl. It also means the Bears likely will end up in the Sun Bowl, if the choices are between Cal, Oregon State and Stanford. Cal is the only Pac-10 team never to play in the Sun Bowl and should travel better than OSU or Stanford.